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The DLB is a scholar-produced resource of professional-career biographies of some 12,000 writers grouped in volumes organized by nationality, chronological period, or literary movement.

The Dictionary of Literary Biography was initiated by Gale Research in 1978 after a two-year planning process by a distinguished board of scholars, publishers, and librarians, headed by Professor Matthew J. Bruccoli.

Over the past half century, the DLB has blossomed into 100 million words written by literary scholars and scrupulously edited and fact-checked by a dedicated professional team—more than 400 volumes, including the Documentary Series, delivering DLB professional-career biographies of some 12,000 writers.

DLB Next Gen takes the DLB into the digital age. Produced by Bruccoli Clark Layman in cooperation with Layman Poupard Publishing for Gale Cengage,  DLB Next Gen is designed to preserve the best elements of the series and present them in a format that takes advantage of the robust and expansive capabilities of digital presentation, drawing on the enormous resources of the Gale Literature database, as well as other trusted digital sources. DLB Next Gen is a reference work for the 21st century and beyond.

DLB Founding Editors
Matthew J. Bruccoli
E. Frazer Clark, Jr.

DLB Next Gen
Editorial Director: Richard Layman
Senior Editors: George Anderson, Eric Bargeron, Hollis Beach, Dennis Poupard
Production Manager: Kourtnay King

Authors of Interest

Rita Dove

Rita Dove is a celebrated poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright whose works have received international acclaim. Along with a play, a novel, and essay collection, she has published a dozen major volumes of poetry, including Thomas and Beulah (1986), which received the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. From 1993 to 1995 she served as the Poet Laureate of the United States and as Special Bicentennial Consultant, 1999–2000 (see African American Poets).

Terrance Hayes

Terrance Hayes is an acclaimed contemporary poet known for his innovative use of form and his originality with language, as well as his expansive range. Thematically, he explores such subjects as music, race, masculinity, fatherhood, and culture. An artist, illustrator, teacher, basketball player, pianist, and poet, Hayes wears many different hats.

Browse Clusters

Indigenous Writers (583)

Louise Erdrich

N. Scott Momaday

Leslie Marmon Silko

Third-Wave Feminists (392)

Inga Muscio

Debbie Stoller

Rebecca Walker

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